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ACS Stepper Drive-Controller with Ethernet simplifies actuator solutions

Thu, 12/08/2011 - 6:49am
ACS Stepper Drive/ControllerHAMEL, Minnesota – The addition of Ethernet connectivity to Tolomatic’s ACS Stepper Drive/Controller brings greater flexibility and economy to electric actuator applications. The ACS with Ethernet supports both Ethernet/IP and Modbus TCP, allowing easy connectivity to Allen Bradley PLCs and many other PLCs and HMIs. With built-in configurations for all of Tolomatic’s electric actuators, the ACS with Ethernet makes creating linear motion very simple. The combination of the ACS and Tolomatic’s ERD low-cost rod-style electric actuators creates very economical solutions for automation applications such as product changeovers, diverting, sorting, pick-and-place, or pressing.

“The ACS Stepper Drive/Controller with Ethernet completes the actuation solution,” says Aaron Dietrich, marketing manager, Tolomatic. “With Ethernet, the ACS is a unique entry-level automation solution that brings connectivity to the control systems that customers already have in place. This reduces costs and greatly simplifies the integration of low-cost electric actuators into the motion system.”

ACS with Ethernet capabilities

The ACS with Ethernet is capable of commanding motion with immediate move command or preconfigured moves for infinite position capability. Each move has configurable motion profile parameters (position, velocity, acceleration/deceleration, force) that are independent for each move. The Ethernet connectivity also provides additional status and diagnostic information to the control system for better monitoring and fault recovery.

“With Ethernet connectivity,” says Dietrich, “the ACS has a lot more flexibility in operating the motion control system. Additionally, Ethernet allows more information such as better diagnostics compared to digital I/O control schemes found in many low cost actuator applications. With Ethernet, faults are easily indicated and identified.”

The ACS with Ethernet comes complete with a starter kit that includes the configuration software and two setup manuals.

The Tolomatic Motion Interface software is free and can be downloaded at http://www.tolomatic.com/resources/resource_detail.cfm?RESOURCE_ID=842.

The ACS Hardware/Installation User Guide is a 42-page manual that can be downloaded at http://www.tolomatic.com/resources/resource_detail.cfm?RESOURCE_ID=834.

The Tolomatic Motion Interface User Guide is a 53-page manual describing functionality and features of the Tolomatic Interface software for use with the ACS Stepper Drive/Controller. The Motion Interface User Guide can be downloaded at http://www.tolomatic.com/resources/resource_detail.cfm?RESOURCE_ID=833

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